Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Certificate in Business Administration, 2007
M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resource Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2001
B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, Haramaya University, Ethiopia, 1998
Joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2012 from Argonne National
Stochastic hydrology and hydroinformatics (uncertainty analysis, inverse modeling, data assimilation, data mining and machine learning to improve prediction of water cycle)
Hydro-climatology extremes (characterization of extreme storms, floods and droughts)
Watershed hydrology (characterization of the interactions among water, energy production, land use, and climate change)
Urban hydrology (stormwater design and management, flooding risk and resilience analysis, design of green infrastructure)
System analysis and optimization of water resources (agent based modeling and multi-objective optimizations for sustainable use water resources)
Awards and Honors
First Place Award for Young Scientist at the Sixth International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Sciences, 2012
SURGE Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003 – 2008
VLIR Scholarship, Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, Belgium, 1999 – 2001
Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Graduate of the Year, Haramaya University, Ethiopia, 1998
Moges, E., Y. Demissie, H-Y. Li, 2020. Uncertainty Propagation in Coupled Hydrological Models using Winding Stairs and Null-Space Monte Carlo Methods, Journal of Hydrology, HYDROL35862 (accepted)
GebreEgziabher, M and Y. Demissie, 2020. Modeling Urban Flood Inundation and Recession Impacted by Manholes, Water, 12(4), 1160; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12041160.
Yigzaw, W., H-Y. Li, Y. Demissie, M.I. Hejazi, L.R. Leung, and N. Voisin, 2019. A Multi-layer Reservoir Thermal Stratification Module for Earth System Models, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019MS001632
Yigzaw, W., H-Y. Li, Y. Demissie, M.I. Hejazi, L.R. Leung, N. Voisin, and R. Payn, 2018. A New Global Reservoir Geometry Dataset for Representing Reservoirs in Land Surface and Earth System Models, Water Resources Research, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2017WR022040.
Wan, W., J. Zhao, H-Y, Li, A. Mishra, M. Hejazi, H. Lu, Y. Demissie, and H. Wang, 2018. A Holistic View of Climate Change and Water Management Impacts on Future Droughts: A Global Multi-Model Analysis, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, DOI: 10.1029/2017JD027825.
Mortuza, R., E. Moges, Y. Demissie, and H. Li, 2018. Historical and Future Drought Risk in Bangladesh using Bivariate Regional Frequency Analysis, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-018-2407-7
Moges, E., A. Jared, Y. Demissie, E. Yan, 2018. Bayesian Augmented L-Moment Approach for Regional Frequency Analysis, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, DOI: 10.1061/9780784481417.016
Demissie, Y., E. Yan, M. Wu. 2017. Hydrologic and water quality impacts of biofuel feedstock production in the Ohio River Basin, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12466.
Ye, S., H. Li, L.R. Leung, J. Guo, Q. Ran, Y. Demissie, and M. Sivapalan, 2017. Understanding flood seasonality and its temporal shifts within the contiguous United States, Journal of Hydrometeorology. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-16-0207.1.
Wang, W., H. Li, L.R. Leung, Y. Demissie, and G. Blöschl, 2017. Nonlinear filtering effects of reservoirs on the flood frequency curves at the regional scale, Water Resources Research. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR020871.
Wan, W., H. Li, J. Zhao, A. Mishra, L.R. Leung, M. Hejazi, W. Wang, H. Lu, Z. Deng , Y. Demissie, H. Wang, 2017. Hydrological Drought in the Anthropocene: Impacts of Local Water Extraction and Reservoir Regulation in the US, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. DOI: 10.1002/2017JD026899
Moges, E., Y. Demissie, H. Li, 2016, Hierarchical mixture of experts and diagnostic modeling approach to reduce hydrologic model structural uncertainty, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2015WR018266.
Li S., L. Xiong, H. Li, L.R. Leung, Y. Demissie, 2015. Attributing runoff changes to climate variability and human activities: Uncertainty analysis using four monthly water balance models, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, doi: 10.1007/s00477-015-1083-8
Ye S., H. Li, S. Li, L.R. Leung, Y.Demissie, Q. Ran, G. Blöschl, 2015. Vegetation regulates streamflow intra-annual variability by adapting to climate variations, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2015GL066396.
Senay, G.B., S. Bohms, N.M. Velpuri, Y. Demissie, M. Gebremichael, 2014. Understanding the hydrologic sources and sinks in the Nile Basin: Using multi-source climate and remote sensing datasets, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015231.
Demissie, Y., A. Valocchi, X. Cai, N. Brozovic, M. Gebremichael, G. Senay, 2014. Parameter estimation of groundwater models under uncertain irrigation data, Groundwater, DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12235.
Yan, E., Y. Demissie, M. Wigmasta, V. Tidwell, C. King, 2013. Potential drought impacts on electricity generation in Texas, ASME Proceedings, DOI:10.1115/POWER2013-98318.
Demissie, Y., E. Yan, and M. Wu, 2012. Assessing Regional Hydrology and Water Quality Implications of Large-Scale Biofuel Feedstock Production in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, Environmental Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1021/es300769k.
Wu, M., Y. Demissie, and E. Yan, 2012. Simulate impacts of future biofuel production on water quality and water cycle dynamics in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, Biomass and Bioenergy, DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.01.030.
Demissie, Y., E. Yan, and M. Wu, 2012. Effects of biofuel productions in the Ohio River basin’s water resources and quality. In: Environmental Science and Technology, G. Sorial and J. Hong, Eds. American Science Press, Houston, USA, 2012, Vol. 2, p. 577-582. ISBN: 9780976885344.
Wu, M., Y. Chiu, and Y. Demissie, 2012. Quantifying the regional water footprint of biofuel using multiple analytical tools, Water Resources Research, DOI:10.1029/2011WR011809.
Demissie, Y., A. Valocchi, B. Minsker, and B. Bailey, 2009. Integrating a calibrated groundwater flow model with error-correcting data-driven models to improve predictions, Journal of hydrology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2008.11.007
Demissie, Y., A. Valocchi, B. Minsker, and B. Bailey, 2008. Bias-corrected groundwater model prediction uncertainty analysis. In: J. Refsgaard (Editor), Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modeling: Credibility in Modeling, IAHS Publ. 320. ISBN: 9781901502497